How to Know it is Time for an Oil Change

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How to Know it is Time for an Oil Change Tips From Roberts Subaru.

It is necessary to regularly check your oil levels in order to keep your car running smoothly. Engine oil lubricates the moving parts of your engine as well as cleaning, cooling and protecting these parts preventing your engine from seizing up. However, engine oil needs changing regularly as its lubricating properties do not last forever.

How to check your oil level 

Checking the oil level is simply – all you have to do is open up the bonnet of your car, locate the dipstick (shaped like a ring pull protruding from the engine), take out the dipstick all the way, and give it a wipe with a clean cloth so that you get a nice clear reading. Reinsert it back into the engine and remove once more to get an accurate oil level reading. Most dipsticks will be marked in two places to identify the minimum and maximum oil levels but check your owner’s manual for further information.

Signs that your car oil needs changing

Inspecting the color

Fresh oil has a transparent light brown color but over time it starts to turn darker and can eventually become thick and black. Once your oil loses its transparency and turns black, it is time to change your oil as it may contain particulates that can cause gunk to form in the engine.

Checking the exhaust smoke 

It is common to see a translucent vapor coming out your tailpipe when the weather gets colder. But if you notice smoke being emitted, check your oil as there could be an oil leak in the engine. Smoke can also indicate faulty parts in your engine. So if you see there is enough oil in your vehicle, have a professional check the car overall.

See the consistency 

Take a little bit of oil off of the end of the dipstick and rub it between your thumb and forefinger. If the oil is coarse or you can feel any grittiness, this is another sign that the oil contains contaminants and should be replaced.

Loud noises

Clean oil provides a thin barrier between engine parts that protects against metal-on-metal contact and keeps your engine quiet on your travels. However, when the fluid starts to break down, it doesn’t lubricate the parts properly, so weird noises are heard. If you ignore the increased engine sounds, you will soon start to hear knocking, rumbling, and even roaring to let you know that your vehicle is in dire need of an oil change.

Don’t make the mistake of ignoring such indications – an immediate inspection is necessary to zero in on the issue!

Make an appointment or contact Roberts Subaru with any questions.

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